These old programming languages are still critical to big companies. But nobody wants to learn them

Large organizations still rely on ageing IT systems and programming languages to run their mainframes. But as traditional developers reach retirement age, new hires are reluctant to pick up old skills.

Large organizations still rely heavily on legacy mainframes

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Large organizations that are reliant on legacy IT systems face an urgent skills shortage as older developers retire from the workforce – and take their expertise with them.

A report by Advanced Software suggests that nearly 9 in 10 (89%) of large businesses worry about a shortage of IT staff with the skills to maintain and manage their legacy IT systems.  

These systems are typically underpinned by programming languages like COBOL, a programming language that was designed in 1959 and yet is still used widely by large organizations to…

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